Design to Fabrication: Fifth Hotel City of Dreams, Macau by Zaha Hadid Architects

Viviana R. Muscettola
Associate Director
Zaha Hadid Architects, London

This presentation showcased the unique collaboration among architects, engineers, and contractors for the 5th Hotel at the City of Dreams in Macau. Our methodology centered around a comprehensive 3D model that was iteratively optimized to refine the architectural shape, to analyze the structural integrity, and to fabricate the building. Parametric tools were used throughout the life of this project from initial design stages to final fabrication. The final three-dimensional model is not an aggregation of parts manually and separately designed, but a live set of adaptable inputs coded to simultaneously generate the final design and fabrication data. The power of such a tool lies in the high level of flexibility: each new input into the parametric model interacts with and informs the data output for further recalibration and adaptation.

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